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Monasterio de San Francisco

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
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sunday night Grupo Bonye Concerts

These open air concerts are amazing! I think they happen every sunday. The crowd is happy and... read more

Reviewed 11 August 2017
Kelli B
Monastery of St. Francis / Monasterio de San Francisco

These ruins have a very nice atmosphere (first monastery in the Americas), so if you walk not far... read more

Reviewed 24 July 2017
Márk N
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The ruins of the first New World monastery lie here, destroyed by two different earthquakes.
  • Excellent41%
  • Very good38%
  • Average17%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

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Reviewed 11 August 2017

These open air concerts are amazing! I think they happen every sunday. The crowd is happy and friendly, and the music is great- all your old merengue/son/salsa favorites from the 80's and 90's. 5-10pm, afterwards the dancers head to Parada77 which is a block or...More

Thank Kelli B
Reviewed 24 July 2017

These ruins have a very nice atmosphere (first monastery in the Americas), so if you walk not far from this area (eg Plaza España area) it is worth to include this in your program. You can get into the gardens as well if you ask...More

Thank Márk N
Reviewed 21 July 2017 via mobile

Went on a Sunday night where they have free live music and dancing. A fun atmosphere, both tourists and locals there. Will go again next time I'm in Santo Domingo

Thank happytraveler0924
Reviewed 1 June 2017

Normally the ruins of the Monastery are closed, BUT every Sunday evening they have live tropical music played by a group called Bonyé. This is an established Dominican tradition and locals from all ages go every Sunday to dance salsa, bachata and merengue. You will...More

Thank VirginiaVelkra
Reviewed 21 March 2017

This place comes to life on Sunday night where a sea of people spread out onto the side streets leading up to this ruin. A live band plays and people of all age dance the night away. It is a great place to see even...More

Thank Nga D
Reviewed 15 February 2017

Things are falling apart. You can see that there is no money to keep this place together or try to rehabilitate it. It's a bit sad but still interesting. You can see that it once was a huge structure.

Thank Gypsgris
Reviewed 13 February 2017

There's a huge dance party here with live meringue music every Sunday night from 6 to 10 p.m. The music and dancing spills out onto the surrounding streets and the atmosphere is fun and safe.

Thank Marc J
Reviewed 25 January 2017 via mobile

Quiet reflective place to unwind & reflect! Enchanting! Among the mountains, this is a nice change of pace!

Thank Amigosparasiempre1
Reviewed 24 January 2017 via mobile

Drinking a few beers with the locals in front of these ruins on a Sunday night is the best. Most Sunday nights, there's music and dancing and it's an amazing scene. It's an idyllic location to spend some time.

1  Thank Jaime K
Reviewed 19 January 2017

I wanted to look up what happened to this place. Bombed? This is really a neat site to roam. See it in a state much like 100's of years ago.

Thank Keith S
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